Looking for an all day adventure, I hiked to Marion Lake in Grand Teton National Park from the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s aerial tram. Not only was the hike adventurous and challenging, I was rewarded with remarkably visually stunning views!
I hiked almost 14 miles round-trip. The distance from the top of the tram to Marion Lake is close to 12 miles out and back. Viewing Marion Lake in late July with the wildflowers in bloom is gorgeous.
I added a spectacular side trip by hiking past Marion Lake up to a plateau with panoramic views. Check out the scenery from my side trip!
Marion Lake Hiking Difficulty
The dirt trail provides solid footing; however, the distance, high elevation and climbs earn the trail a moderately strenuous all day hike. I would highly recommend the hike for fit hiking enthusiasts.
Marion Lake Hiking Trail Specifics
- Start at Teton Village at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
- Take an early ride on the aerial Tram up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.
- From the top of the tram, head left along the ridgeline and then along the service road.
- Take a right at the Grand Teton National Park boundary and head down the switchbacks of the back of Rendezvous Mountain.
- Take a left at Middle Fork Cut-Off junction about 3.9 miles into hike.
- Turn right at junction with Teton Crest Trail at 4.4 miles.
- Turn right at the junction with Game Creek Trail at 5.4 miles.
- Turn left at junction at North Fork Trail at 6 miles.
- Once at Marion Lake, continue beyond climbing up the hill for beautiful sights of the Teton Range and Marion Lake.
- Return the same way you came for an out and back hike.
- Monitor the time and ensure you catch the tram ride down the mountain.
Marion Lake Hiking Tips!
- Bring a fee to ride up the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort aerial tram.
- You’ll hike almost 14 miles. You’ll want to catch the tram back down the mountain, so start early. If you miss the last tram ride, you’ll have over 7 miles more miles to walk!
- Be prepared and dress appropriately for high mountain drastic temperature and weather changes.
- Bring plenty of water.
- Best times to hike are from early July to early September. I recommend late July when the wildflowers abundant.
- Bring a trail map.
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Wildlife in Wyoming and Grand Teton National Park!
Grand Teton National Park: Overnight and Backpacking Options
Obtain a permit from Grand Teton National Park, camp at Marion Lake and explore further trails the following day. I highly recommend overnight and multi-day backpacking trips in this area. Exploring the jagged Tetons, meadows of wildflowers, glacier lakes and wildlife that the Grand Teton National Park has to offer is an experience like no other.
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